The prevalence of food allergies increased by 70 percent in U.S. kids younger than 18 between 1997 and 2016
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Allergies should be distinguished from food intolerance
Food intolerance and food Allergy is not the same thing. Allergy is characterized by an acute reaction, the most severe form of which is anaphylactic shock.
Food intolerance is a hypersensitivity non-allergic nature in respect of any product or beverage, which can manifest health disorders of different severity.
An Allergy is a hyperactive response of the immune system to certain substances (allergens) that normally do not have any pathological actions. At the first contact with the allergen the body produces specific antibodies (IgE). Repeated contact with the allergen leads to the release of special cells of the skin and mucous membranes of biologically active substances (heparin, serotonin, etc.) and development of clinical manifestations.
The symptoms depend on the type of allergen: e.g., Allergy to a substance that is found in inhaled air (dust, pollen), manifestations affect the respiratory system: a cough, runny nose and other symptoms. When you eat the allergen in the first place there is a reaction on the part of the gastrointestinal tract: pain in the abdomen, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
The most common symptoms of food allergies are:
– skin rash;
– cough and the complicated breath;
– swelling of the tongue, neck, lips, face;
– runny nose;
– abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting;
– General weakness.
Food intolerance is more gradual in development and is not associated with the hyperactivity of the immune system and its symptoms more severe than those of food allergies. Intolerance problems often have the appropriate background: infectious inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, toxic effects of drugs, a low production of enzymes, hypersensitivity to preservatives, etc.
The immune system is not involved in the inflammatory process, but the symptoms in this overlap with symptoms of other diseases and not be able to supply the physician’s direct diagnosis. Nausea, malaise, flatulence, dizziness, weakness, etc. – only part of the possible consequences of intolerance to the product.
Many people, feeling light stable ailment, regard their condition as “normal” and do not think about intolerance.